Vegepod Container Gardens
An easy to manage contained gardening bed is perfect for the home. Control your growth and veggie quality in a separate environment away from the ground.
Veggie health is ensured with our self-watering technology by using a wicking system and watering the plants from below. Plants can last weeks without watering in our Vegepods.
A greenhouse in our backyard by using a polyethylene knitted mesh to protect crops from UV and pests. The cover also helps manage temperature by allowing water and air to penetrate.
Vegepod Garden Beds come in 3 different sizes that are suitable for different spaces; either sitting or standing. Thwart those pesky white butterfly caterpillars by covering up your brassicas and negate the need for toxic sprays.
Vegepod Container Gardens give you the best of both worlds and more. You get the size of a raised garden bed with all the benefits of container gardens. Plus you get all the features of the eco-climate covers that extend growing seasons and accelerate plant growth.
Garden maintenance is minimal and watering is only required during the early stages of plant growth. Vegepod Container Gardens are simply the easiest way to grow your own vegetables.
Benefits of Container Gardens
- Protects soil
- Stops contamination
- Stops trees pilfering nutrients
- Control nutrient levels
- Retains warmth
- Easily raised (see "Vegepod Stands" heading below)
- Easy to fill
- Easy set up
- Easy to maintain
The quality of your soil is paramount to growing success. Looking after that soil while in contact with the ground can mean a lot of time and effort. Container Gardens keep your soil secure – you know what’s in your soil.
Chemicals can sometimes be found in existing soil, so before you dig you should have your soil tested for chemicals and lead levels. You don’t want to be feeding your family poisoned vegetables.
Great for renters, if you need to move house just empty the soil and pack the garden on the truck. You can also place the container gardens on castor wheels for moving the Vegepods around.
Easy to fill
Requires less than half the potting mix required for a corrugated steel bed or raised timber bed of the same dimensions. Bagged potting mix is easy to transport and easy to pour in.
The Vegepod self-watering container garden utilises a wicking system. A wick is the soil or perlite that is in contact with the water in the reservoir. Soil uses a capillary action to draw the water upwards keeping the soil moist. A plants roots will locate this moisture hence watering from below.
Established plants can last weeks without watering and in cooler times your plants may not require water for months at a time.
It is important to water seeds and seedlings daily for a week or more. After that the reservoir will have enough water to keep the plant healthy. It is a good idea to reduce watering significantly once the plant is established. Over-watering can cause as much harm to your plants as under-watering.
Another major benefit of the Vegepod’s self-watering system is the ability to recycle the soil nutrients. Potting mix is packed full of important nutrients for your plants. In a traditional pot you (and nature) will wash these nutrients out of your soil within months. The Vegepods reservoir feeds these nutrients directly to your plants roots.
How Much to Water?
After you plant your seedlings give them a good soaking using the mist-spray (20 mins). This will wet the soil through and fill the reservoir.
All climates are different and may vary. But mostly for the next 7 to 10 days water with the mist spray for about 3 mins only. If it rains during this period then don’t water at all.
After 10 days your seedling’s roots will have located the necessary water source for survival and the reservoir will be full. Each plant differs on how much water it requires. Some plants like basil will send their roots into the reservoir itself. Hold right back on watering now – base your watering on the season and weather. If it is winter and there is patchy rain don’t water at all. If it is mid summer and 30 degrees with no rain in sight then give them 3 minutes everyday.
You can be neglectful and still get tremendous growing results. We have seen Vegepods left for 6 weeks through January and have still been fine.
If you are going away for more than 2 weeks in summer it might be an idea to get a 24hr tap timer (around $50) and have it come on daily for 2 or 3 minutes.
Benefits of the Protective Cover
- Provides a micro-climate
- Promotes rapid growth
- Higher yields
- Permeable to air and water
- Hinged lid for full access to plants
- Mist-spray watering system
- Protection from weather
- Protection from wildlife
- Protection from pests/bugs
The VegeCover is unique to the Vegepod and is simply the best way to protect veges. No need for pesticides or wildlife deterrents anymore.
Providing a shade-rate of 17% it is ideal for keeping that harsh sun at bay and providing a superior growing environment.
And the only real way to put an end to those voracious night-time predators.
Permeable to Air and Water
An advanced greenhouse material made specifically for Vegepods it allows air and water to penetrate. Unlike plastic covers that will cook your veggies on a hot day the VegeCover will protect from harsh heat.
Protection from Wildlife
The never-ending bane of veggie growers in all capital cities the world over – wildlife is fighting back for our invasion of their space by eating our veggies the very night before we intended picking them.
Protection from Pests/Bugs
Are you sick of seeing those holes in your leaves from the grubs. Green grubs seem to eat more leafy greens than most children. Stop the moths and butterflies to avoid these issues!
Mist-Spray Watering System
To make life even easier running along the top of the VegeCover is a mist-spray watering system. Just plug into a standard hose fitting and you're away. You can even attach a timer to your tap to water on extended vacations.
Instructions are provided with each Vegepod... they are easy to assemble. Contact us if you have any issues with assembly, or if you have any missing or damaged parts.
Filling Your Vegepod
The easiest way to fill a Vegepod is to use a good quality bagged potting mix. This is available from all Garden Centres and most hardware stores. Generally the more expensive the potting mix the better results you will get.
You can also substitute a portion of the potting mix for Perlite or Vermiculite. These will help lighten the soil allowing plants roots to grow more easily. They also retain water so you are able to reduce the amount of watering. You will need to look for this online as most garden centres only sell it in 5 litre bags. A large Vegepod can use 100 litres.
Always ensure you fill the Vegepod right to the top. The self-watering reservoir is designed to operate at maximum efficiency when this is the case. You can even fill it past the rim as over time it will settle lower.
We recommend using perlite at the bottom as the wicking properties of perlite are superior to potting mix. We fill the wells and 2cm on the trays as the first layer (of perlite). We then add potting mix and manure/compost in the bottom half combined with more of the perlite and mix this all together. (It is recommended you use a face- mask when pouring bagged potting mix.)
The top half of the soil should contain the rest of the potting mix and perlite combined. It is a good idea to keep the manure / compost lower so as to prevent the roots of seedlings from burning. The roots will soon find the fertiliser when the plant requires it.
It is fine to use straight potting mix – the following mixes are optional
Requires 5 Bags (25L) of quality potting mix
Requires 9 Bags (25L) of quality potting mix
Requires 18 Bags (25L) of quality potting mix
A huge benefit of the Vegepod Container Gardens is that they can be easily raised to waist height.
The Vegepod stands raise the container garden so that the soil is waist height (80cm). Made of galvanised and powder-coated steel the stands are not only sturdy but will last many years.
The stands come flat-packed and are easily bolted together.
Ensure they are placed on a level area.